Julkaistu 16. joulukuu.
This game is the first one from that Humble Bundle I played. Too bad this game set the bar too high, and made the other Holmes games look less appealing. Especially the older games.
Having said that, the game is a fine game, and one which I hope Frogwares continues to build as a standard of quality.
Basically, you solve various crimes committed by Jack the Ripper. Each case brings you closer to the killer, to which his methods are ever so questionable. Still, Holmes does need to do his job, and solve this case.
Like from "Holmes: Awakened" and "Holmes: Nemesis", you still have Holmes Vision and teleportation.
In this game, you'll be doing a lot of travelling around the town where the deaths occur. And you'll be analysing the scenes to extract clues and what not to help gain much information about the killer.
One of the key aspects of the game is the "development tree" part, these are parts where, like the quizzes in "Holmes & the Silver Earring", you need to connect certain parts of the case together to create new information.
Unlike "Holmes & the Silver Earring", you're told what you got wrong or right, and for the global "development tree" for the case as a whole, you can complete it as you go, or all at the end.
Characters are interesting in terms of their roles, ranging from ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s, to Jewish locals to the town doctor, they all provide some aspect of information relevant to the case.
You even get to see Jack the Ripper's scenes prior to his killings, which are from his perspective, which adds more mystery to the case on hand.
Interface is still consistent with "Holmes: Awakened" and "Holmes: Nemesis", though I don't recall if there was an in-game guide, like those games named. You can also switch between first and third person perspectives, which does help find certain clues in the overworld.
And running is toggled on and off using Shift (or was it Spacebar?), meaning getting around places is slightly faster tha previous games.
Thematically, the game is a mixed bag. I mean, there's a part where you find out about Dr. Tumblety's collection, consisting of female private parts and he shows them off the other men, and another part when
you fool the local gang into giving you information. Certainly, a bunch of different themes make this an engaging game, because when you're not analysing crime scenes, you're probably solving an actual puzzle or talking to a drunk reporter.
Overall, this would be a solid 9/10. Sure, the ending is fictitious, but at least it made sense.
But I'd have to say, finding Jack the Ripper's house has to be the worst puzzle in this game
. You know, the one where you have to circle his whereabouts on a map. Yeah, that one.